Kabbale Kanda Trail

Kanneliya Forest Reserve located in theGalledistrict is the largest of the KDN, or Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, forest complex. Kanneliya supposed to be the most biologically diverse forest in the country which even surpasses theSinharajaRain Forestin terms of bio-diversity.

The Kanneiliya Conservation Centre is the only designated entry point of this complex. The trail to Kabbale Mountain and Anagimale Falls is the longest and the most adventurous walk you can do in Kanneliya Reserve.

This trail starts off from the Kanneliya Conservation Centre. It first climbs up to theKabbaleMountainPeakwhere a panoramic view of the KDN complex can be seen. The trail completes the circle climbing down to the “Anagimale” water fall and winding through the forest along an abandoned logging trail back to the conservation center.

 

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Sinigama Esala Festival

Sinigama Devalaya (temple) is located on Galle - Colombo main road 3km before Hikkaduwa,the well known tourism paradise. This temple is devoted for god "Dewol" since 300 years, some folks says this temple is older than 1000 years but there are no proves.

There are two temples, the main Devalaya is on land and other is an island, only way to reach that is a boat. Thousands of pilgrims are coming to this temple daily to get blessings & the annual Festival will held on August every year.

 

Cultural Show

Before the first procession there is a cultural show, some dancing items are going to take part in this event and the dancers shows their talents on this day.

 

Processions

There are four processions, two day processions & two night processions. First procession is towards Thelwaththa ancient temple and second is towards Hikkaduwa town. Giant tuskers, facinating kandiyan and low country dancers makes Galle - Colombo main road look fabulous. Photos below are from those four processions.

 

Special thanks to Mr.Sampath Viraj & Mr.Nishantha who gave us the opportunity to cover the event.
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Train trip from Colombo to Bandarawela

The journey starts 6 in the morning and after nearly one hour the best part of the journey unfolds before your eyes.

Many a time does the train pass over lush green paddy fields and tea estates and through iron bridges standing heavy over the rivers rushing by enriched with the rains falling now and then. Yet the best view the journey offers is the one of the seven renowned falls, St. Clair’s, now threatened by the proposed Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project (UKHP) among many waterfalls and waterways which stream down the mountains along the railway track.

Even many small train stations built during the colonial period with their little patches of flower and mist-covered platforms hold their own naive beauty to many a traveller and the villagers clad in bright colours selling ‘vade’, mango and ‘pera’ to the train traveller.

 

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